Network Mobilization Dynamics in Uncertain Times in the Middle East and North Africa

1st Edition

Frédéric Volpi, Janine A. Clark

Published April 24, 2019
Reference - 142 Pages
ISBN 9780367236793 - CAT# K422670
Series: Routledge Studies in Mediterranean Politics

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This comprehensive volume investigates the dynamics of mobilization and demobilization of social networks before, during, and after episodes of political turbulence in the Middle East region, focusing particularly on the 2011 Arab uprisings. The authors consider important questions regarding agency, strategic action, and institutional outcomes that have significance for social mobilization, social movements, and authoritarian governance.

This collection proposes an interactive perspective linking up contentious politics with routine governance through a dynamic articulation of repertoires of contention. The authors use a micro-mobilization perspective to frame the different trajectories of protest networks in times of uncertainty. They place the interactions between grassroots activists, structured organizations, and state actors at the centre of the explanation of change and stability in the recent mobilizations of the region. By starting with descriptions of interactions at the grassroots level, the authors then explain macro level dynamics between networks and other players, including the state.

This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal Social Movement Studies.

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